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  • You know, Lise, it’s awfully hard for a man who has been injured, when other people look at him as though they were his benefactors.
  • So the poor child exchanged a benefactress for a benefactor.
  • The journey was not an expensive one, and the ladies would not let him pawn his watch, a parting present from his benefactor’s family.
  • When he entered the household of his patron and benefactor, Yefim Petrovitch Polenov, he gained the hearts of all the family, so that they looked on him quite as their own child.
  • Dear Father, God reward you, our benefactor, who prays for all of us and for our sins!
  • In that respect he was a striking contrast to his elder brother Ivan, who struggled with poverty for his first two years in the university, maintained himself by his own efforts, and had from childhood been bitterly conscious of living at the expense of his benefactor.
  • "He was my benefactor; he took me when I hadn’t a shoe to my foot, when my family had turned me out."
  • So it may be supposed that the poor fellow suffered pangs of remorse at having deceived his master, whom he loved as his benefactor.
  • Besides, there is suffering and suffering; degrading, humiliating suffering such as humbles me—hunger, for instance—my benefactor will perhaps allow me; but when you come to higher suffering—for an idea, for instance—he will very rarely admit that, perhaps because my face strikes him as not at all what he fancies a man should have who suffers for an idea.
  • She was left in poverty, cursed by her respectable family, and taken under the protection of a wealthy old man, whom she still, however, considers as her benefactor.
  • The priest rode off on the forester’s horse, delighted to escape, though he shook his head uneasily, wondering whether he ought not next day to inform his benefactor Fyodor Pavlovitch of this curious incident, "or he may in an unlucky hour hear of it, be angry, and withdraw his favor."
  • Next, a young hero ’decorated for bravery’ kills the mother of his chief and benefactor, like a highwayman, and to urge his companions to join him he asserts that ’she loves him like a son, and so will follow all his directions and take no precautions.’
  • "Even if my benefactor must die without me, anyway I won’t have to reproach myself all my life with the thought that I might have saved something and did not, but passed by and hastened home.
  • Kalganov, my benefactor, told me straight that he wouldn’t receive me again and gave me five roubles."
  • "One day we see a brilliant young officer of high society, at the very outset of his career, in a cowardly underhand way, without a pang of conscience, murdering an official who had once been his benefactor, and the servant girl, to steal his own I.O.U. and what ready money he could find on him; ’it will come in handy for my pleasures in the fashionable world and for my career in the future.’

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  • Harvard College was established in 1636 and named for its first benefactor, John Harvard, a young minister who left his library and half his estate to the college.
  • Don’t you thank me, don’t you give me no credit; it all belongs to them dear people in Pokeville camp-meeting, natural brothers and benefactors of the race, and that dear preacher there, the truest friend a pirate ever had!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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